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Ever since Rick Nash was formally put on the block last season, we have had quite a bit of discussion on the topic here at BSB. Interestingly, it seems our readers (and writers, for that matter) are pretty evenly divided in the pro or anti-Nash camps. This is understandable given his large and lengthy contract, his (seemingly) declining production and his superstar status on a basement dweller.
If you read here regularly, you are aware that Dave and I don’t necessarily see eye to eye on a potential Nash acquisition. Due to our never ending quest for objective examination, I asked Dave to give me an assist on some advanced stats analysis to dig a little deeper into the merits of rolling the dice on Mr. Nash. Since Nash has experienced a production decline in each year since his 40 goal ’08-’09 campaign, I wanted to know if this was due to actual decline or if the decrease in surrounding talent was more to blame.
Dave was kind enough to run an advanced metric analysis for this pos...
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from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, “Most people I know feel like there’s more to give there yet with Rick,” said former NHL forward Ed Olczyk, now an analyst for NBC and Comcast SportsNet Chicago. “There’s still that untapped ability. You wonder what numbers he could put up if he played on a really good team with really good offensive players.
Unfortunately for you guys, I can't see you through my computer so here's some more Rick Nash nonsense from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch..."One phone call could get the deal done, Howson has noted. Boston, Detroit, the New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Jose are all on Nash's approved list, but the Rangers and Flyers would appear to have...
It makes perfect sense doesn’t it? Most GTA born youth who grow up playing hockey dream of one day suiting up for the blue and white. Not Brampton-raised Rick Nash, who is currently looking for a way out of the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets. The power forward has revealed six teams that he would approve [...]
So we lost out on the guy that was supposed to rejuvenate a defensive corps that lost its best player, and one of the best defenseman to ever play the game. Ryan Suter didn't happen. And what is our defense going to do? I have Brendan Smith doing everything next year, so I'm not worried, but what we still haven't fixed is that forward sniper position. And no, I...
In yet another piece on Rick Nash, Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy discusses how the Columbus captain still has a Junior Hockey mentality meaning he tries to do too much on his own and thinks his size and power can overcome multiple player coverage from the defense.Wyshyski adds this quote from former Ranger and TSN analyst Ray Ferraro on the impact John Tortorella would have on Nash...
from Rob Oiler of the Columbus Dispatch, Rick Nash is unhappy in Columbus, but during his nine seasons here, he always has acted professionally. Unless that changes — and it is possible; a prolonged holdout meant to force a trade would be a big shift in professional behavior — the CBJ’s best player will remain as such. He will perform on par with his skill, not his employment...
All quiet on the Penguins front. But there are two really good reads out there today.
1. That Columbus beat writer who probably is more well known outside of Columbus than in, had a great piece on the Rick Nash fiasco. [ Blue Jackets Extra ]
Howson won’t give him up until he gets market value, and his trade partners — the six clubs on Nash’s approved list...
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, NEWS: Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson says he refuses to accept anything less than “market value” for disgruntled captain Rick Nash.
VIEW: That’s all well and good, but that same market is basically dictating Nash is not worth the combination of what Howson is asking, plus the pillaging of roster players and prospects Howson insists...
Many have asked: One call can change all, but I get no sense that a Rick Nash trade is imminent. Holding pattern for now. #CBJ— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) July 10, 2012
...sweet, can't tell you how excited I am to hear this news....with all the news being posted about Nash on this blog lately, I'm ready to change the name to The Rick Nash Blog.***In news I'm assuming...
Eric Staal got some very good news a few weeks back when his Hurricanes made a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins to acquire one of Staal’s, brothers, Jordan, to play in Carolina. It not only made the Staal brothers happier, but it also made the Hurricanes much better.
But as it sounds, Eric is hoping that his Hurricanes are not quite through adding some key pieces...
As the first wave of free agent signings has passed and deals for big name players such as Rick Nash and Roberto Luongo remain conjecture, the Maple Leafs current roster configuration remains a puzzle.
The lone move of GM Brian Burke, adding free-agent Jay McClement was to address the teamâs lack of size, as well as adding a solid checking center, but that gives Toronto...
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There have been some interesting stories in the NHL offseason thus far. I’m still waiting to see what happens with the Rick Nash situation. I have to believe the Rangers pull the trigger on the Blue Jackets big man.
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